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Make Believe anthology (part four) : an interview with J.A. Belfield

Make Believe

Getting to know this cover, are we? Good because the stories inside are top notch!

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Ms. Belfield will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your story!

Escort to Insanity is a bit of a crazy tale about a woman who books herself a male escort for the evening and a series of events turn it into a crazy night she’ll remember for the rest of her life. Oh, and there’s a little something supernatural in there, too–coz I can’t help myself. 😉

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Hmmm, I think I just had the opening scene pop into my head, where the MC is in her room all ready for her date with an escort she couldn’t believe she’d booked, and it pretty much spiralled out of control from there with a tonne of what-ifs, lol.

 Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Nicole Harrington is the MC. Cole for short. And I’m going to answer the latter part backward: Cole’s biggest flaw is that she’s spent her entire life begging approval from a powerful and very demanding father; her greatest strength is that she’s built within herself the courage to finally try and fight for her independence.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Getting it right first time. Seriously. I’m a horrible perfectionist AS I write, and I’m such a tough critic on myself, that I ALWAYS try to get the story as close to perfect as possible. And I drive myself nuts being this way.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How would I know if they’ve never asked me? Hehe. I seriously don’t know. It would no doubt be something whacky and off the wall, though.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I have an adult series available called the Holloway Pack. I’m working on Holloway Pack #4–title currently supa-sekrit. 😉 And do I work on multiple projects? I used to but not so much. Sure I’ll have a TONNE of other projects in my WIP folder, because if an idea pops into my head I’ll jot it down (my ideas usually pop in as opening scenes), and I’ll occasionally open them up and add little notes or later scenes as they come to me, but I retain my main focus for one project at a time. Especially now that I have a timeline goal set out for what I want to write and by when. 🙂

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Gargh! Tough question alert!!! Okay, here goes:

“It reminds me of winter in the woods,” he said. “Where nothing else exists beyond the perimeter your soul creates.”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Nope. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a kid, I thought buying my own ice cream truck would be the ultimate goal to aim for. 😉

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

I always struggle with the middle of every darn story I write–whatever the length. Because there’s often a bit of a dip amongst any action but the author still has to keep the story rolling so the readers stay on board.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now … I’m reading Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. I’m really digging the entire dystopia/post apocalyptic-type novels since I got bitten with The Hunger Games.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I mostly read. I’m a reading fiend. And sometimes I bake. The best way to get me away from writing is by taking me away from home. The MIL has the best results because she has no internet, lol.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I grew up with Famous Five, and moved through the ranks of Judy Blume’s stories as I grew older. Before I left school, I was reading my mum’s Mills & Boon’s.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Gargh! Difficult question alert!!!!!!!!!! I think it’s possibly Jennifer L. Armentrout because I’ve loved everything I’ve read of hers so far.

Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?

Onyx by Ms Armentrout (that lady up there ^^^). 😀

 Q. What do you see emerging  as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I think young adult readers are getting weary of paranormal reads because so much is getting replicated now and the market is becoming more and more flooded. I’ve noticed more and more paranormal YA lovers are turning to contemporary for a break, and I’ve already read a few titles–new adult ones, too–that are blowing readers away.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Every damn day. Because sometimes it just seems like an uphill struggle to get what’s in my head into the document. But I keep going because that struggle just makes the reward of achievement all the more sweeter. There’s absolutely nothing like that feeling a writer gets when they read back what they wrote yesterday and realise it doesn’t suck as much as they thought it would. 🙂

 Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

No freakin’ idea. Srsly. 😉

Thanks so much for being here today and answering all my nosey questions. 🙂

Want to know more? I thought so …

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …?

Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, four cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

(All this and she’s got a cute new puppy! Lol.)

She also book blogs over at Bookaroo-Ju.

People! I seriously love this writer’s work. It’s awesome stuff. Do yourself a favor and checkout her other books 🙂

http://jabelfield.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4730698.J_A_Belfield

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/authors/1

https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-A-Belfield/102711583122115

https://twitter.com/JABelfield

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Make Believe anthology (part three) : an interview with J. Keller Ford

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.
After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales.  She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives.  Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading.  Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs.  The pets have trained her well.

J. Keller Ford will now take your questions:

Q. Awesome to have you with us today Jen, can you tell us about your story?

In my own words, it’s a New Adult kick-butt romantic fantasy of a guy (Elton Fletcher) who returns home from war to discover his brother, Cayden, is possessed by a magical amulet that drives the wearer into insanity and eventually into death.  Determined to rid the object from his brother, Elton finds himself in another battle where the price of failure could the loss of his own life.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Geez, sometimes I can’t really pinpoint where I ideas come from.  I stared at the photo prompt for weeks not knowing what I was going to write about.  Then one day I got a picture in my mind of a rider on horseback, racing toward his castle in the dark and sleet, and I sat down at the computer and started typing.  Next thing I knew, Amulet was born.

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Elton Fletcher is a caring, loving person who would do anything to defend his family and homeland.  He is also a warrior and keeps his heartaches and feelings very close to him, rarely letting anyone see the pain he carries inside.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing.  I am always editing.  I never can seem to find a place where I’m happy with what I’ve written.  I always have to keep tweaking, re-writing. At this rate, I’ll be 100 years old before my novel is printed.  I really must learn to let go.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?  – I get tingles every time when Cinderella’s fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s tattered dress into that beautiful, sparkly ball gown.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on several things at the moment.  My big project is what I hope to be the final edit of my novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King.  I am also working on the two follow up books in the trilogy as well as a few short stories I hope to polish and send out within a couple of weeks.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book (short story)?

Elton Fletcher urged his horse through the wind and sleet toward the enormous shadow rising from the moors against the darkness.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, ever since I was a little girl.  I was always a talker (still am when you get to know me).and I always had such stories to tell.  Some of those stories got me into trouble when I was a wee lass.  My mom and I had many disagreements over what ‘stretching the truth’ meant.  Around the age of 8, I finally learned to contain my vivid imagination to the stories I wrote, and not involve real life people in my tales.

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

Self esteem is and always has been a huge issue for me.  I can’t seem to make myself believe that my writing is good enough.  I always cut myself down, thinking my stories are awful and no one else will want to read them.  I’m always comparing my writing to other published authors and wonder how I can compete with their works.  It takes a lot of pep talks to convince me to keep writing.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now I’m reading Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian.  I LOVE the Artemis Fowl books. So much fun.  I recently finished BLUE MOON by J.A. Belfield (sooo good), Reaper, by L.S. Murphy (really enjoyed this one), and Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey (I found a new favorite author in this one).

Do I re-read books?  You betcha.  I’ve read CRUX, twice since it’s release (no kidding, missy.  Love your novel!   It belongs at the top alongside Cassandra Clare’s books).  I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books more than once.  The Order of the Phoenix I’ve read seven times.  Great Expectations, The Hobbit, The Bible and numerous Raymond Feist books have been read so much the bindings are cracked.  As a kid and teen, I read Heidi, all the Hardy Boy books, and the Chronicles of Narnia series until I could pretty quote them by heart.  I love re-reading books.  They’re like movies in the sense that sometimes you miss something that you didn’t see before.  I’ve also found that some books I once enjoyed I don’t care for anymore, and other books I hated I grew to love as I got older.  Books are magical to me and I will never tire of reading something I love over and over again.

I totally paid her for that compliment, guys. 😉

Q. Okay, so what do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

What?  Not write?  Ok, ok.  Next to writing I love to read, travel, hang out at the beach, collect sea shells, swim, ride roller coasters, go camping and ride my bicycle.  I also love hanging out with my kids and my adorable grand-daughter.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I know this is going to sound weird but I didn’t have a favorite author as a kid.  I devoured everything.  If I had to pick anyone, I’d say it would be Charles Dickens.  Loved Great Expectations.  When I was younger, I devoured the Hardy Boy series and secretly had a crush on Frank Hardy.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Casssandra Clare, J.K. Rowling, and John Green top my favorite author list right now.
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Without a doubt, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  There have been a lot of great reads, but this one sank its teeth into my soul.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I hear a lot about LGBT novels for teens becoming a big trend.  Of course, graphic novels, dystopians, steampunk and fantasy I think will continue to be a big draw for teens.  I have noticed, however, vampires seem to be fading from view.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

All the time.  Sometimes, I really think my writing sucks.  Sometimes my brain can’t string two coherent sentences together.  Sometimes I let life take over and my writing takes a backseat.  What keeps me going?  I’m a writer.  To not write would be the same as not breathing.  I’d go insane if I didn’t write something every day.  It may be gibberish, but it’s writing.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

I’d love to be a singer, more in the classical/operatic style, like Sarah Brightman.  Unfortunately, I can’t carry a tune and animals run for cover when I try to sing, but that’s what I’d love to do if I could.

Along with our readers, we love animals here! Do you have any pets at home?

Aren’t they cute?

For more info on this author and where to buy her book:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Keller-Ford/401662286529674?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/jkellerford

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832198.J_Keller_Ford

Thanks for putting up with my questions, Jen! You are a great writer and a good sport 🙂 So let’s take a page from Jen … ‘What is your favorite Disney animated magic moment?’ Leave us a comment and tell us yours!


Make Believe anthology (part one) : an interview with Jennifer M. Eaton

Make Believe

Hi guys!

Isn’t this cover pretty? The stories inside are even better. Jennifer M. Eaton joins us today as first in a series of interviews featuring authors from this exciting anthology. So without further ado…

Q.  Welcome Jennifer. Tell us about your book!

A.  Yay!  Last Winter Red is a Dystopian Romance, although I didn’t know that is what I was writing at the time.  It takes place far into the future after a nuclear holocaust.  Emily lives in one of the few remaining cities, but ventures outside in hopes of finding a husband.  What she finds there, will change her life forever.

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

A.  For this anthology, we each had to write a story based on a picture prompt of a woman in red. (Which, of course, became the cover)  I was actually going to pass on it, because nothing came to mind.  After two weeks, I decided to write what the character looked like.  I had her take a step, and her red shoe slipped into the snow.  From there, the story “snowballed” so to speak.  It flew out of me.  Funny how that happens.

 Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

A.  Her greatest strength is her resolve.  Emily believes it is her duty to have as many babies as possible, and she’s not going to let a little thing like not having a husband stand in her way.  This is also her biggest flaw, because she is so blinded to everything else, that she cannot see what is really going on around her.

 Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you? 

A.  In the case of Last Winter Red, it was coming up with the original idea.  I need to trust my muse more, and if I cannot think of anything, just start writing until my creativity takes hold.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

A. Would you like a box of Godiva dark chocolate truffles.  Oh!  Does that mean you’re gonna ask me that?  Because the answer is YES!

 Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

A.  Right now I am working on a full length Young Adult novel called Fire in the Woods.  I haven’t been this excited about something I’ve written in a long time.  It is a new spin on a classic story, intermingled with wild chase scenes and lots of explosions.  I hope everyone finds it as fun to read as it was to write.  Normally, I try to write one thing at a time, but I did take a break from writing Fire in the Woods twice to write some short stories– One of which has been published by Still Moments Publishing in their Christmas Anthology this year, so that was awesome.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

A.  Oh!  What an awesome question!  Oh, Wow.  Probably the last line, but I can’t spoil the story by writing it here.    I guess it would have to be one of the quirky things Paul says to our heroine, Emily when she first arrives in his village, and he thinks she’s insane.  Oh!  I know… “You’re not too good to get your hands dirty, are you?”  I just love that.  It makes her so mad!

 Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

A.  No.  I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid.  I think all kids go through that, don’t they?  Since the teens though, writing has always been in the back of my mind.

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

A.  I always struggle with the beginning.  Seriously.   Always … No matter what I write.  Last Winter Red has a completely new scene in the beginning that was not there when I originally submitted my manuscript.  Starting any story in exactly the right place is just so hard.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

A.  Right now I am reading Surrender by Aimee Lane.  It’s a mystery-like story about shape shifters.  I always read one novel at a time.  I get confused if I try to read several stories.  Same when I write.  My characters end up sounding like each other if I write two at once, so I try to be as monogamous as I can while I write until I’m completely done.

 Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

A.  Right now, Writing is my personal joy.  I do enjoy the relaxation time of grooming my sixty pound poodle.  I’m also involved in training her for competition agility.  I’m sure I’ll have great goofy stories about all that some day.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

A.  I didn’t read a lot when I was younger.  Everything I was exposed to (in school) was boring.  One day though, my father bought home The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan.  I couldn’t believe how an author could suck me into a story.  I was hooked!

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

A.  Out of all the books I’ve read this year, I have to say the best writer is Claire Gillian.  She wrote a mystery book called “The P.U.R.E” that just knocked my socks off, and I don’t even like mysteries.  I hope she comes out with something new, soon.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?

A.  Awe, Shoot… it’s not something I can talk about yet.  It’s in beta-form right now… but watch out for Jenny Keller Ford (a fellow anthology buddy)  Her WIP is awesomesauce waiting to splash all over the page. (umm… my son told me to say that.  What is awesome sauce anyway?  Marinara?  Alfredo?)

Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

A.  Oh!  I hope Science Fiction!  That’s my true love.  Funny, I’d rather read Epic Fantasy, but I love to write about other planets.  I guess you could consider that space fantasy  you know… Fantasy on another world… not all that overly-technical stuff like in Star Trek.  Anything having to do with aliens would be fun.  Love it.

 Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

A.  I have never EVER wanted to quit writing.  I did have to once, because I looked at it as a hobby, and I didn’t have time… but I felt like I had lost a part of me.  Writing is in my blood.  I just can’t stop.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be? 

A.  I would love to be an MIB (Men in Black).  I mean really, I would look awesome in that black suit.  And those sunglasses?  But I’d insist on being Will Smith’s partner, because he’s probably the only person who’d look as good as me in that suit.  Oh, Yeah… it would also be fun to run around and chase aliens.  I want the little cricket gun.. Yeah… blow things up at will.  That’s my idea of a fun day at the office. Wahoooo!

Thanks for being here today, Jennifer. It was awesome having you!!!

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Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing.  Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology.  Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords

Connect the Dots:   Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

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Character Interview with Mackenzie Thorne from After Dark

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

Me: ‘Hey Everybody! Today I am thrilled to have Mackenzie Thorne in the blog studio for an interview. She’s the Main character from Emi Gayle’s debut book, After Dark. Come on in, Ms. Thorne.’  *cheering* ‘Welcome, Mac. Er, can I call you Mac?’

Mac: ‘Please do. I really hate all the other names people like to call me’.

Me: ‘We’re so excited you could make it. I know you’ve been busy hanging out in graveyards and figuring out what paranormal creature you want to be once you hit the awesome age of nineteen. So, I’ve been running over my fact sheet … let’s see … Senior in high school? Check. Single? You are single, right?’

Mac: ‘Of course.’

Me: ‘Under race it says, er … Changeling. from your dark hair, I would have guessed your heritage Italian or Portuguese myself. Hmm. Changeling, is that somewhere in  Australia?’ Mac sits forward, learning toward me a little, her head cocked in my direction.

Mac: ‘New Zealand. Where else?’

Winn: ‘Don’t listen to her.’ Winn ( the hero) chimes in from where he’s sitting right next to Mac. ‘A Changeling is a creature who can, until her nineteenth birthday, choose any supernatural form that exists and change into it. Mac though, she’s from right here in the U.S.A, Rune, North Caroline to be exact. She’s not that different that you or I.’

Me: ‘Oh. Okay, not New Zealand, then. Very funny, Mac. Thanks for being here, Winn.’

Mac: ‘You’re absolutely welcome.’  He shifts his glasses, pushing them up his nose.

Me: ‘My notes describe Winn as a sort of brainiac-geek.’ I glance over at the handsome blond boy. ‘I don’t see that at all, do you, Mac?’

Mac: She turns toward him and back to me. ‘Of course I do.’

Me: I mean, he may be smart but he’s totally hot and adorable …

Mac snorts a laugh.

Me: ‘… and  I just said that out loud didn’t I?’

Winn’s cheeks pink-up.

Me: ‘Aw Sheeze. Sorry.  Anyway, Winn, can you tell us how you met Mac, and how you got mixed up in this whole business?’

Winn: This time, he takes off his glasses, big deep brown eyes starting back at me. ‘We met at school, though getting mixed up in the whole business is another story. Let’s just say, I’m kinda bound not to talk about it, but well … if we hadn’t been paired up for the school project, I’m 100% sure nothing would have happened between us.’

Mac snorts another laugh.

Winn: ‘What?’ He turns to her.

Mac: ‘Nothing. Carry on.’

Me: So something has definitely happened between you two, then? Are you a couple?

‘Yes. No.’

Me: ‘Hmmm.’

The two turn toward each other. Definitely a couple.

Me: ‘Changing into any supernatural form that exists sounds like a blast, Mac. Until you have to settle on just one. Do you like any one form more than another?’

Mac: ‘Good god, no. They all suck for various reasons.’

Me: ‘I suppose you have people trying to influence you. Your family perhaps?’

Winn: ‘They can’t influence her. That’s part of why her parents are who they are. The council does no influencing either. It’s all part of the rules.’

Me: ‘And what the heck happens if you don’t choose by nineteen? Do you turn into a pumpkin at midnight? Ha ha.’ *I clear my throat.* ‘Sorry.’

Mac raises an eyebrow. ‘A pumpkin? Why would I turn into a pumpkin?’

Winn: It’s a fairytale story … where Cinderella has to return from the ball … Winn stops and rolls his eyes and faces me. She’s not much into fairytales. Anyway, you know that’s a good question. And soon, I’m going to find out because now … that’s my job. He gives me a definite head nod.

Me: ‘Your job? Could you explain that, Winn?’

Winn: ‘For that info, you’ll have to read the book.’ He winks at me, and Mac gives him a friendly punch in the arm. ‘What was that for?’

Mac: ‘You know.’

These two are too cute together.

Me: ‘I imagine her ability is quite rare. All that jumping from form to form must be exhausting, but I don’t suppose there’s any danger.  Uh, is there?’

Mac: ‘Danger? Not for me. Only for you.’ Mac eyes me in a way that makes me wonder … just what supernatural creature she’d picked for this interview.  I hope it’s not a vampire, or hungry.

Me: ‘Ookay? But you probably prefer humans, and a human form, am I right?’ I glance at Winn and swallow as Mac’s forehead creases. Clearly, that’s not the right answer.  ‘I’m still perfectly safe, right? We’re all just friends talking. Why don’t you tell me all about your friends, Mac. How you like to spend your time.’

Mac: ‘Friends? I really don’t do this whole ‘friend’ thing you humans do. Way too clingy. If you can’t manage your own life on your own, what’s the point?’

Suze: ‘Hey! I resemble that remark.’ In has walked one of the strangest looking creatures around, dressed in parachute pants, a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, I don’t know whether to laugh or bury my head in my hands. Fashionista, Suze is not. ‘I’m your friend, aren’t I, Mac?’ He bats his lashes. ‘Right?’

Mac: ‘Sure, whatever.’

Suze: ‘Goody!’ The clapping that commences can be described none other than by a giddy 2-year old in a six-foot-tall demon suit.

Me: ‘Suze? I have you in my notes as one of Mac’s ‘friends’, so nice you could make it (thought I don’t remember you being invited) Do I even want to ask how you’re involved in all this craziness?’

Suze: ‘I get to have all the fun.’ He grins like the Cheshire cat.

Me: ‘Winn, for my readers at home, can you shed some light on this fellow and how he figures in with Mac choosing which supernatural form she will take?’

Winn: ‘Let’s just say that Suze is … body armor … and like body armor, not all is as it seems. Kevlar is essentially a fabric and can withstand bullets and bullets can pass through metal. Go figure, right? It’s all in how it’s packaged.’

Me: I lean forward in my seat. And you two still aren’t answering my questions, what happens if she doesn’t choose by her ninetieth birthday, and what role does Winn play in the decision, Mac? Why do I get the feeling you’re going to make us read to find out? You are, aren’t’ you?

Suze: ‘Oh yeah, they can’t tell you that. Nooooobody can tell you that. ‘Cause noooooobody knows.’ Suze taunts me like a four year old with a secret.

Me: Well guys, you heard it here first. I guess we’ll have to read After Dark to see what Mac finally decides and how Winn and Suze fit into this tale. Speaking of which, Suze, buddy, can you put the sound man down. We don’t usually lift him by his ankle because he got too close to our guests. *sigh*

Anyway … I know I can’t wait to read this book! Good luck choosing, Mac. It was great to meet you. I don’t envy your decision, although I’ve always been fond of water nymphs myself. I grimace while Suze pets my cats and I turn to Winn, ‘he won’t eat my pets, will he?’ Winn’s shrug does not give me confidence.

Mac, I hope your senior year is great and good luck with picking the whole ‘witch or ghost or zombie’ thing. Thanks for coming and bringing your, uh, friends. Winn is adorable and Suze is … Oh Lord what is he doing now …

So that’s our interview!  How about it, guys? Will you read it to find out what’s going on?

♥ For more info:

http://www.emigayle.com/

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/16

 

♥♥♥♥♥

In other news: Cover reveal!

Rise of the Magi by Jocelyn Adams

Rise of the Magi

by Jocelyn AdamsRelease Date: June 4, 2013
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy

Back of the Book

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves?

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both.For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?
So, what do you think?  I hope you check it out and love it as much as I do.

LINKS:

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/28

Other Books in this series include:

The Glass Mann (#1)

Into the Unknown Anthology – Tempted (#1.5)

Shadowborn (#2)

*** NOTE:  This is an adult paranormal romance series.


YA Mythology Hop Oct. 26 – Nov. 4

I love this button, don’t you? So purty.

We have a winner!

Congrats to:  nrlymrtl with her entry on October 26th, 2012 at 2:59 am |

“I have long been fascinated by the Chinese Quilin.”

 

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AND

For Those About to Read…

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Okay, on to the good stuff you can take home! I’m giving away an ebook copy of Emi Gayle’s debut book:

(No, not the centaur)

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Looks like a great read, doesn’t it? And you can enter to win my book CRUX on Emi Gayle’s site here: http://www.emigayle.com/blog/?p=997

For the Win:

Help a starving artist out, will ya? (That’s right, I’m making this about me)

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

OR you could add Crux to your to-be-read list here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13265572-crux (There is a hot hero and Vikings in here people!)

OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! :) https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mythological creature is, and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen at random on November 1st.  :)  Yea, hope it’s you!

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Cover Reveal: Day After by Emi Gayle

Ain’t it pretty?

DAY AFTER

Book 2 in The 19th Year Trilogy

by Emi Gayle

Release Date:  May 16, 2013

Target Audience:  Young  Adult

Back Cover: 

Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.

Or so Winn Thomas always thought.

Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his Changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school.

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right?

In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick.

Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of.

He intends to have her pick human.

Whether she can or not.

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I love the shadow of Mac in the background. What do you think? Would you read it? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!


Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop.  October 16th to 21st

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Speacial thanks to hosts …

Visit My Book Blast & Blog Tour Site 

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/

And

Congrats to winner:

The Write Path

http://www.dorinewhite.blogspot.com/

Cool huh?

My giveaway:

Win an ebook copy of:

Ta Da!

What’s it about? Well, I’ll tell ya …

Description

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.
In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Here’s what people are saying about it …

“Crux was amazing! That’s as straightforward as it gets. Julie Reece has written a captivating story that will draw you in, and will keep you trying to put the pieces all together.” — Burning Impossibly Bright

“ I found myself truly engrossed, emotionally, within the story – tears threatening to fall, as well as smiles breaking out.   I cannot wait to read more work by Julie Reece!” — Romancing The Book

“Crux is completely original and addictive. Birdie’s voice is young and cool giving Crux a fresh tone that will appeal to all ages. A fun romance and adventurous read, Crux will stay with readers long after the last page is read!” — Lovey Dovey Books

“The story line is flawless. Reece escorts you through her book with what seems like effortless prose. She reveals just the right amount of information at just the right time, building a story that is completing intriguing.” — BrookeD (Reader)

“Crux is a smart, heart-rending and empowering addition to YA urban fantasy that will appeal to Cassandra Clare fans, lore fans and really, anyone who appreciates tough characters that know how to tug readers’ heartstrings.” — Stephanie Lawton — Author, Want

“Julie Reece has a gift for conveying deep emotions with her writing.  I felt Birdie’s regret, distrust, apprehension, excitement and joy.  And I love the characters – small and large!!!” — Known To Read

“I have to say that Ms. Reece has to be one of the most talented authors on the planet. I know I’m gushing right now, but I loved this book that much.” — ChristieR (Reader)

“Action-packed with a memorable cast of characters, Crux will easily appeal to teen and adult readers, whether or not they love urban fantasy.” — Mrs. ReaderPants

“Julie Reece’s CRUX is a refreshing and gritty young adult novel with glimmers of the paranormal, glimpses of the historical, and more than a dash of romance and mystery.” — Surrounded by Books Reviews

Aw, thanks guys 🙂

To Win:

Help a writing girl out?

Like my facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece?ref=hl

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OR you can follow me on twitter, sometimes I’m even funny! 🙂 https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to  leave me a comment telling me what your all time favorite fantasy book is and let me know how to reach you if you win. One winner will be chosen at random on October 23rd. 🙂 Yea, hope it’s you!

That’s it. Easy peasy, honies. You know how much I love, ya’ll.

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Interview with Shadowborn’s Jocelyn Adams

Back of the Book:

Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

ShadowbornAmazon, Barnes & Noble

The Glass ManAmazon, Barnes & Noble

About Jocelyn Adams

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

Jocelyn Adams will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your book!

Love to!  Shadowborn is the middle child of the Lila Gray Trilogy.  While The Glass Man focused on Lila, who she was and who she will be, book two centers more on the relationships between Lila and everyone else, especially a certain dark fae, and her growth as a woman and a leader.  It also introduces a villain born of shadow, who threatens not only Lila, but everyone with a soul.

Q. What is Lila Gray’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Lila is fiercely loyal and powerful, and a life lived in the wild places while running from Parthalan has hardened her for the tasks ahead.  The source of her greatest strength is also the cause of her greatest weakness.  While her hardness allowed her to survive, it has also given her a stone crust around her heart.  Letting others into her deep places is going to take someone who’s as stubborn and determined as she is most of the time.  J

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Keeping the voices quiet.  What?  Did I really say that out loud?  *snort*  Seriously, though, it’s the truth no matter how crazy it sounds.  My mind likes to weave stories, and sometimes it’s not always keen on concentrating on what I want/need to write.

Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How did you survive four older siblings?  My answer would be that I eventually grew strong enough to fight back.  As for what I did up until that point … where do you think I learned how to plot?  😉

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

My current WIP is a paranormal romance between a wood nymph and a werewolf.  I’m stretching my wings on this one a little, exploring the depths of my characters to a greater extent than ever before.  Oh, geez, you know me on the multiple projects dealy.  J  I have three novels at least half done or greater, a couple more that are begun, and I’m sure I’ll knock off a few more short stories before long, too.  How do I turn it off?!

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Definitely this one – it sums up Lila’s constant struggle with her feelings for Liam:  I tilted my face forward, unable to speak the lie that would make him go away, or the truth that would make him stay.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I’m completely engrossed in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series.   Unique world, strong characters, two of my favorite things.  I tend to devour one book and go right into the next.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

Right now my six year old tends to consume all of my free time, and I love it.  Other than dabbling with my web page, writing and reading are my time-fillers of choice.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Without a doubt, it has to be Karen Marie Moning, though Nalini Singh & Ilona Andrews come close seconds.   The depth of KMM’s characters has me enthralled every single time.  Jericho Barrons from her Fever series is my favorite literary personalities of all time.  I usually have a character figured out quickly, but up until the last book, I still didn’t know who or what he was.

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♥ Jocelyn Adams writes adult novels

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Author interview with J.C. Martin

Oracle

by J.C. Martin

Release Date: July 30, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Thriller/Suspense, Law Enforcement

Description

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victim
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

J.C. Martin

http://jc-martin.com/

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.
Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

JC Martin will now take your questions:

Q. 1. When did you start writing?

A. My first memories of writing was when I used to staple together sheets of paper to form a book, and drew and wrote comics about my grandfather’s two dogs. I called them The Adventures of Buffy & Misty & Friends. In high school, I wrote my first novel longhand in a notebook, and was one of those geeky kids who wrote a 3,000 word fantasy epic when asked to write about My Holiday. So I was bitten by the writing bug pretty early on. 🙂

Q. 2. Whose writing did you most enjoy as a teen?

A. I devoured R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, and I also loved Christopher Pike, especially his Last Vampire series.

Q. 3. What is your favorite genre? What is it that draws you in?

A. Definitely crime and mystery. I read plenty of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in my tweens, and loved trying to solve the puzzle before the protagonists do. When I was older and started reading my Mom’s hand-me-down books, they were predominantly crime: James Patterson, John Sandford, etc. I was then old enough to appreciate the deeper, darker exploration of the killer’s psyche, and of the human condition in general.

Q. 4. Oracle is a fascinating story, and so unique. What was your inspiration for writing the book?

A. A year or so after London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, the local newspapers were all reporting the many problems the organising committee encountered: budget issues, transport and congestion, being behind schedule with constructing the Olympic Park … I thought to myself, wouldn’t the organisers have a fit if they had a public relations nightmare to handle on top of all that, a serial killer stalking the host city, and right before the Games began? This “what if”, followed by research into the history of the Olympics, eventually materialised into Oracle.

Q. 5. What’s a typical day of writing like for you? Can you walk us through your day?

A. I wake up between 7 and 8, and have breakfast in my jim-jams while sitting at the computer. Breakfast time is when I sort through my e-mails, and all my social media stuff. Then, after a shower, I work on writing, be it blog posts, short stories, research, or my current project. Depending on priority, I switch tasks when my mind starts to wander, so I don’t end up staring at a blank screen for too long. On work days, this lasts till around 1pm, when I have to go to work, but on days off, I’m at my computer till it’s time to cook dinner.

Q. 6. How did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight? Did you make him chase you, or did you put the smack down on him? See … we’ve heard about your mad martial arts skills … and we’re a little afraid!

A. Oh, don’t worry! I don’t use my kung fu unless I have to. 😉 I actually met the Hubster at my martial arts school. I used to teach him! Apparently he had a major crush on me from day one, but I was with someone else at the time. Not long after my previous relationship finished, a group of us from the school went out for dinner together. He offered to drive me home after, and well, the rest is history!

Speaking of smack downs, he likes to think he’s better than me at kung fu, but I remain a grade above him. 😉

Q. 7. What project(s) are you working on right now?

A. My main project is a second book featuring Detective Lancer from Oracle, and I’m also toying with the idea of starting a thriller series with a kung fu fighting protagonist who made a cameo appearance in Oracle.

Q. 8. J.C. your bio states you have three dogs. Would you be willing to share with us about each of them, and what they bring to your life?

A. I LOVE talking about my doggies … now you’ve done it!

Alfie is my first first dog; unlike the ones I had growing up, who were technically my parents’ dogs, I got him while living on my own. He’s a long-haired Chihuahua, and despite being the oldest at 4-and-a-half years, he’s the baby of the lot. He loves cuddles, toys, and sleeping. His disposition is unusual, as Chis are usually one-owner dogs, and are wary of strangers. Alfie does tend to favour me to the Hubster (win!), but he adores attention from everyone!

We got Bubbles a few months after Alfie, because we both used to work long days, and thought Alfie needed a puppy companion. She’s a Pomeranian, and is the dopiest of the lot. Whilst the other two learned tricks easily, so far we’ve only managed to teach Bubbles “sit”, “down” and “off/out” (when we want her off the couch or out a room). She’s the kind of dog who’d run into a glass door, but she’s the most loving and loyal, happy to just sit at our feet all day. When I go to work, she would take my fluffy house slippers and ‘guard’ them by laying on them till I get home.

Finally, we have little Boo! (yes, with the exclamation mark), who is just 2 years old. Alfie and Bubbles erm, got it on, and had three litters before we finally neutered daddy. We found homes for all the pups, but just could not part with this one puppy from the first ever litter: a sweet little girl with white ‘socks’ on her front paws. As a cross-breed (Pom-Chi? Chi-Pom?), she’s really intelligent and healthy. She loves her exercise, and when let off leash in a field would happily zip around chasing pigeons all day long. Despite being handbag sized, she’s a proper dog: she’s the only one who would go swimming in the pond. Strangely, despite our efforts to socialise her in the same way we brought up the other two, Boo! is very wary of strangers. When the Hubster’s brother moved in with us, it took 18 months before she finally warmed to him!

All three doggies have such different personalities, it’s almost like having three little people around! We cannot imagine parting with any one of them. With them around, there’s never a dull day!

Thanks for appearing on our blog today, JC, it was awesome having you!!!

Learn more about J.C. here:

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/11

https://twitter.com/JCMartin_author

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5253905.J_C_Martin

http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/

 

*Note:  Oracle is an adult thriller

 

Wanna talk about the Olympics, your dogs, serial killers, martial arts? Leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts! 🙂


J.A. Belfield asks: Is your love Eternal?

Hello ya’ll

I’m excited to talk about J.A. Belfield‘s new release Eternal. 

I love Belfield’s writing, and if you haven’t read her stuff before all I can say is … what are you waiting for?

The blurb:

 An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.
It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.
Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.
His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.
Her mother.

Doesn’t it sound awesome? Yes. yes, it does. 🙂

And here’s what people are saying!

“If you like historical romance with some action and a lot of steamy romance this book is for you!” — Never Ending Stories

“The Holloway Pack quickly found a place on my must read list after Darkness and Light and Ms. Belfield’s latest pack installment, Eternal, does not disappoint.” — Wendy — reader

“…this is a whole lot of story in not a lot of book a satisfying read and a great contribution to the series if you haven’t read any of the Holloway pack books yet, why not?” — Emma (Reader)

“”… Eternal … wow, just wow.  This book is so full of romance and action and suspense …yes, I know it’s a novella, but still… it’s got it all.”” — Known to Read

“Ms. Belfield did a great job sinking the reader into the historical 1800s setting and dealt with the moral codes (they are together and not married in the 1800′s — oh the scandal!!) and attitudes in the time period with an accuracy that rang true to me.” — Bex Book Nook

“… I really enjoyed this story and I really need to read the other books in the series 🙂 If you like historical romances this novella is for you!” — Synchronized Reading

Don’t you want to read it now? Drop me a line and let me know! 🙂

About the author:

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.

For more information on J.A. Belfield:

http://jabelfield.wordpress.com/books/eternal/

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/14

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4730698.J_A_Belfield

https://twitter.com/jabelfield

FYI  J.A. Belfield writes adult paranormal romance, people.

More writings from this author. Check it out!